Archive for January, 2009

New Video for Homepage

Posted: January 31, 2009 in Videos
I am previewing a small segment from the movie "Felon" on the homepage of this site for the next week. The following is an excellent review I’m borrowing from another website.
 
 
Most prison movies are essentially the same story told with different characters. Usually the protagonist is convicted of a crime (which he did or did not do), is sent to prison and finds that they have to either adapt to their brutal new surroundings or die. Allies are won, enemies are made, death lurks around the corner. "Felon" is no different but three things raise it above most others.
 
First is the setting. Filmed at the New Mexico State Penitentiary, the movie carries an air of authenticity and gritty realism that movie sets simply can’t provide.
 
Next is the casting. Stephen Dorff has always been a very underrated actor and here he provides a wonderful portrayal of a man let down by the legal system and cast adrift in a living nightmare. His descent from upstanding family man to an enraged prison inmate with fire in his eyes and blood on his knuckles is perhaps predictable but Dorff sells the portrayal to the audience completely. However, Harold Perrineau and Val Kilmer are the real stars here. The first (whom avid fans of the television shows "Lost" and "Oz" will already be familiar with) offers a great performance as Lieutenant Jackson, a happy family orientated man outside of prison but a monster within its walls. Kilmer, meanwhile, is John Smith, the philosophical but potentially dangerous convict who comes to befriend Dorff’s Wade during their time together.
The third and final ingredient that ensures "Felon" impresses, is the passionate directing by Ric Roman Waugh who also wrote the screenplay (based, apparently, on events at the notorious Corcoran State Prison-Frank was at Calipatria for the most part of his first ten years down). With the help of some incredible editing, the movie powers along at a frantic rate and rarely gives the audience time to breathe. If the ending is somewhat contrived, you can forgive it because the journey to reach the conclusion was so intense.
This production was funded in conjunction with New Mexico’s Film Investment Program.
Val Kilmer, who lives on a nearby New Mexico ranch, agreed to participate in this film secondary to his work with New Mexico’s Film Investment Program.
Val Kilmer spent several hours a day in the makeup chair for placement of numerous fake tattoos on his chest, arms and back.
The fights filmed during production were frenetic and were not choreographed. Many of the actors in these scenes were ex-convicts, thus the fights were an accurate representation of the mixed martial arts and street fighting common in this subpopulation.
Val Kilmer, a method actor who heavily researched the role, elected not to portray his character in a Utopian or chiseled capacity. Instead, Kilmer wanted to convey a nihilistic approach in which the years of confinement visibly take a toll physically and emotionally on the character.
The tattoos applied to Val Kilmer were purposefully realistic and based upon research by the director and Kilmer. The designs were done primarily in monochrome with fine-line secondary to the predominant influences on skin art in maximum security prisons evidenced at the time of the production.
 
Quote by John Smith from the movie: What a piece of work is man. And there is no good or bad, but thinking makes it so. Human beings are perhaps never more dangerous than when they are convinced beyond a doubt that they are right. Patience. Penance.
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Stupid woman on Fox News

Posted: January 30, 2009 in Videos
You must watch this video. This woman is crazy, and she’s here in Iowa! She even uses words like "ObamaNation" and "bully pulpit." LOL! Now where have I heard those words used before? What’s that they say about cut from the same cloth? FLMAO!!
 
 

Recent Email from a Site Visitor

Posted: January 30, 2009 in Emails
Time to share a comment that was emailed to me recently by a site visitor who has been perusing my website of late. They have no objections to me posting it, so here it is…
 
As for Kevin and Patrick Francke, I don’t see them doing anything on their own.  If they truly wanted any and all available info, then why turn on you?  You have been the only one who has kept this in the public eye enough to even give them a chance at finding their brothers real killer.  I believe when Kevin first came to Oregon he wanted answers, and I obviously don’t know what happened to change that.  Maybe he was threatened, but personally I think it has something to do with Liz.  Everyone has skeletons they prefer stay locked up, but if they truly want all the info then they’re going to have to be willing to let the flaws be seen. To attempt to control what information is made available and what is kept quiet is a huge red flag to me.
 
Couldn’t have said it better myself, but I think I’ve come pretty close a time or two. Kevin and Patrick have been "doing something" alright, however I’m not sure it’s always been in Frank’s best interest. Frankly I’m not sure whose best interest it’s been in, other than their own perhaps. Plenty of time to elaborate on that later.
Lillo Brancato, Jr. is perhaps best known for his role of "Calogero Anello," in Robert De Niro’s 1993 directorial debut, A Bronx Tale. He also played Mathew Bevilaqua, a young mobster on The Sopranos.
 
In December 2005, Brancato was charged with second-degree murder for his role in a burglary in the Bronx. Authorities say an off-duty police officer, Daniel Enchautegui, confronted two burglars and was killed in a shootout.
 
Enchautegui confronted Brancato, and his accomplice, 48-year-old Steven Armento, outside at a vacant house located at 3119 Arnow Place, next to his own, after hearing glass break. While Enchautegui waited for backup, a gunfight erupted.
 
Enchautegui was shot and brought to the hospital where he died. Police arrested Brancato and Armento in the vicinity, both with multiple gunshot wounds and in critical condition. Armento, who is the father of Brancato’s girlfriend Stefanie, was arraigned on first-degree murder, for which he was convicted on October 30, 2008. Armento was later sentenced to life in prison without parole.
 
Brancato was arraigned for second-degree murder, his trial began on November 17, 2008.
 
He was found not guilty of murder on December 22, 2008. He was, however, convicted of 1st-degree attempted burglary and sentenced on January 9, 2009 to 10 years in prison.
 
From the final scene of A Bronx Tale…
 
"Sonny and my father always said that when I get older I would understand. Well, I finally did. I learned something from these two men.
 
 
I learned to give love and get love unconditionally. You just have to accept people for what they are. And I learned the greatest gift of all…the saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever. But you can ask anybody from my neighborhood, and they’ll just tell you…this is just another Bronx tale."
 
I guess Brancato didn’t pay attention to those words he spoke in this final scene of A Bronx Tale.
 
What a waste of talent.
 
One of my all-time favorites! Keith sounds awesome!
 

Occam’s Razor Is Simply Wrong!

Posted: January 29, 2009 in Videos
The latest from my favorite YouTuber Edward Current.
 
The most complicated, difficult explanation is usually the right one. Because God is infinite.
 
So whaddaya suppose the deal is with Tom McCallum who was the lead investigator for the Defense in Frank’s case? According to Frank, McCallum has written him and informed him he’s planning to start a "Prison Art" website. Says he has quite a few pieces of Frank’s art that Karen Steele gave him.
 
Frank isn’t too happy about Karen giving his art away to others. Matter of fact he’d like her to give what she has to him.
 
I find the whole thing kind of amusing for a number of reasons.